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June 22, 2012

The Duke @ SCA

The Wayne Collection Installed at SCA

When it comes to movie stars and USC alumni, it doesn’t get much bigger than John Wayne.  More hero than man, the American legend captured the interest of moviegoers in more than 140 films, forever earning himself a place in cinematic history. On June 20th, the USC School of Cinematic Arts dedicated the Wayne Collection which was curated by John Wayne’s late son Michael, and donated by Michael’s widow Gretchen Wayne.  The collection, comprised of movie posters, memorabilia, awards and personal correspondence, is on permanent exhibition within the SCA complex.

Gretchen Wayne at the SCA Dedication of the Wayne
Collection.   Photo credit: Steve Cohn.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” Gretchen Wayne said, “to go through all of these items and realize the love and care that Michael had, not only as a son, but as a businessman and as his father’s confidant. This has been an endeavor of love.”

“We are honored and humbled to have John Wayne’s legacy and the Wayne family name at the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “None of this would have been possible without the work and dedication of Gretchen Wayne whose kindness and generosity will live at the School for generations to come.”

Guests included Gretchen Wayne’s children Josie, Christopher, Teresa, Alicia and husband Jim McFarlane, Maria and husband Lance King, grandchildren Patrick and Kathryn McFarland, as well as Iron Mountain’s Jeff Anthony, Guy Abrahams and Amy Helbring who help maintain the John Wayne archives.

For more information, please visit: cinema.usc.edu